Turkey and Israel Expel Envoys Over Gaza Deaths

Turkey tells ambassador in Ankara and consul general in Istanbul to leave the country ■ Israel ousts consul general in Jerusalem ■ Netanyahu and Erdogan trade barbs

Haaretz Update:

Israel summons remaining Turkish rep to protest ‘harsh’ treatment of Israeli ambassador

Turkey and Israel expelled each other’s envoys on Tuesday in an escalating diplomatic dispute over the killing by Israeli forces of 60 Palestinians a day during protests on the Gaza border.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry ordered Israeli Ambassador Eitan Naeh to leave the country for consultations for an undetermined period of time. In response, Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem, Husnu Gurcan Turkoglu, who is responsible for Turkey’s relations with the Palestinians, to return home for consultations. Turkey’s ambassador to Tel Aviv had already been recalled, as had Turkey’s ambassador in Washington.


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